Thursday, 6 November 2008

November 6th

Not much change on the pools this morning with the usual suspects around the site. Until that is, when checking the hedge line along the railway. My luck suddenly changed while looking through a mixed tit flock. As I was searching through the flock a Brambling flew in calling from the south and landed in trees on the opposite side of the railway. After admiring the female Brambling for litterally seconds, a bird caught my eye flying between tree trunks through the back of the same headge, soon revealing its self as a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. After hanging around for all of about 30 seconds the woodpecker then flew off west along the railway. This represents the first record of both of these species at the site this year. The 5 or 6 mixed tit flocks around the site this morning also produced high counts of 4 Treecreeper and a total of 21 Goldcrest (equaling my previous highest count of this species for the site). Also noted this morning were 8+ Siskin, 1 Redpoll (over), 5 Meadow Pipit, Kingfisher, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 GS Woodpecker, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 16 GC Grebe, 48 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall and 3 Pochard.
L Johnson...

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